Author Jacqueline Wilson has been named Children's Laureate in the UK.
In her words:
My job for the next two years is to promote the cause of children's literature, make it more high profile, encourage every child in the country to read more," said Wilson.
"I am going to try very hard to encourage families, schools, hospitals and children's homes to start reading aloud to very young children.
"I think if you get a child interested in books before they can read themselves that will get them hooked on books."
She is probably the most widely read children's author today. The article reports that 30 million copies of her books have sold but she continues to personally answer every child who writes to her.
I must read some of her books.